Happy Wednesday everyone! So this evening, November 5th, officially marks the tradition of Bonfire Night here in the UK. I imagine that most people attended firework displays this weekend just passed or perhaps you have plans to attend a display this evening in which case have a wonderful time.
This year we went along to the Royal Windsor Racecourse to see a display with a difference. Their spectacular firework adaptation of the brilliant children's novel War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, made all the more poignant in the centenary year of the First World War. The story focuses on Joey a horse who is purchased by the Army for service in World War I. Through his eyes we witness the chaos on both sides and understand the power of true friendship in times of such mayhem and sadness.
On arrival at the racecourse visitors were first able to enjoy an evening of fun at the fair accompanied by some foodie treats and delights from the selection of stalls on offer.
The fair weather of that evening made for a pleasant and enjoyable stroll around the grounds enjoying the fun that was on offer, sampling hot chocolate and hotdogs before overdoing it somewhat on some of the hair-raising fair rides!
Suitably full and a little queasy from the rides a huge crowd then gathered around the course to watch the beautiful and very moving display commence.
Narrated by Robert Powell we were treated to a fitting version of this beautiful story. A wonderful cast including two beautiful horses played out the events of the tale as behind them a spectacular array of fireworks alliterated and reiterated the scene in which the harrowing but also heartwarming story is set.
It really was a wonderful evening and a joy to watch. The book is such a moving tribute to the universal suffering of all those that gave their lives in World War I and this display was a unique way to extend that tribute as well as being a lovely evening to gather together with family and friends for all who attended. I hope you enjoy looking through some of the photos from the night and see you here on the blog again very soon!